Cheesequake State Park - Red Trail

Matawan, NJ
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

The red trail at Cheesequake State Park is a 1.5 mile loop that takes you toward the group camping sites.  There are some short inclines and declines along the trail, and one set of stairs.  The trail is mostly dirt with some short boardwalk sections.  After a heavy rain, the trail can be muddy.  This is a great hike for smaller hikers who can only hike short distances at one time.

The red trail wanders right past the Nature Center, which is another great place to visit.  They have numerous live animals to see, such as fish, turtles, and snakes.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Visitor Center

Cheesequake State Park also has a public beach open during the summer months and a campground within the park.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $10.00

Fees are only applicable from Memorial Day through Labor Day:
NJ Residents: $5 Weekday/$10 Weekend or Holiday
Non-NJ Residents: $10 Weekday/$20 Weekend or Holiday

There is a small parking lot right by the trailhead (located on the left after entering park). However, this lot tends to fill up quickly, especially on the weekends. If the trailhead lot is full, you can also park near the ranger station and walk down the hill to the trailhead.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

I have been a member of Hike It Baby since February 2017 and became an ambassador in September 2018.  I have two kids (toddler and baby) and have enjoyed being outside with them so much in their young lives.

Trail Head


Trail Map

Getting There

Take Garden State Parkway to Exit 120.  From here, there are many road signs that lead you to the park.  Turn right onto Matawan Rd.  Then, turn right onto Morristown Rd.  Then, turn right onto Gordon Rd.  This will take you right to the park entrance.